Kansas City Chiefs running back Larry Johnson (R) rushes past Jacksonville defensive back Rashean Mathis (L) for a 48-yard gain in the second quarter at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri, December 31, 2006. The Chiefs beat the Jaguars 35-30. (Photo by Peter Aiken/Getty Images)
83. Chiefs reach playoffs on final day (2006)
In 2006, the Kansas City Chiefs were in their first year under head coach Herm Edwards. Despite a slew of injuries and being coached by the aforementioned, the Chiefs were somehow 8-7 and on life support headed into Week 17. The Chiefs needed to beat the Jacksonville Jaguars at home, while the Pittsburgh Steelers, New England Patriots and San Francisco 49ers (all visitors) had to beat the Cincinnati Bengals, Tennessee Titans and Denver Broncos, respectively.
Kansas City was able to top Jacksonville in a wild contest in the early window, while all hell broke loose across the country. Pittsburgh won in overtime and New England topped Tennessee, leaving Alex Smith and San Francisco to keep the Chiefs’ playoffs hopes alive. Amazingly, the 4-11 49ers defeated Denver at Mile High, putting Kansas City into the AFC playoffs as the sixth and final seed. It may not have led anywhere, but it was an incredible day.
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